Crowns (Caps) for Baby Teeth

Parents are often surprised to hear their dentist recommend crowns for their children’s baby teeth. Won’t the damaged tooth just fall out eventually, anyway? Why work to repair it when the new one will be in perfect shape when it grows in?

While this may seem logical, it’s actually very important to maintain the health of a child’s baby teeth until they fall out naturally. This is important because:

  • The child will not be able to eat properly with one or more missing teeth
  • Learning to speak will be more difficult, potentially causing speech impediments
  • The surrounding baby teeth will not hold their positions, making it less likely for adult teeth to grow in properly

Crowns, also known as caps, restore full function to damaged baby teeth by covering the visible portion with an artificial structure. This cap can last the life of the tooth, until it’s replaced by an adult tooth.

Healthy Smiles is happy to provide this service to children in the Raleigh area, but we are even happier when children do not need this. Parents can help protect their children’s smiles by teaching good daily oral health habits at home. Brush and floss twice a day. Also, protect their teeth by avoiding candy, juice and soda. If you believe the teeth have been damaged or decayed, make an appointment for your child and we’ll examine them carefully.